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Perma-eHub has been discontinued by PermaBound. 

Alexandria proudly integrates with Perma-eHub, allowing your patrons to quickly access Perma-Bound™ electronic resources.

Perma-eHub Service Enhancements
  • Patrons can easily distinguish and access Perma-eHub resources from Alexandria's Researcher interfaces using web browsers such as Safari, Chrome, or Firefox on mobile devices, laptops, and tablets such as Apple's iPad, Google's Chromebook, and others.
  • As the patron's library account authority, Alexandria authenticates and authorizes patrons attempting to borrow Perma-eHub resources. Alexandria utilizes a subset of the SIP2 communications standard to accomplish this.

Perma-eHub Settings

Once properly registered, Perma-eHub become available in the Extras section of your Management preferences. You are required to configure the following for Perma-eHub:

  • Enable Perma-eHub. Clicking this toggle enables Perma-eHub functionality and interface elements. Default is On.
  • Vendor URL. This field is used mainly for reference; it can be updated if Perma-Bound ever changes their web addresses. What you provide here can be accessed from the Vendors menu of the main Circulation window.
  • Perma-eHub Code. Sometimes referred to as a Terminal Password. You are responsible for creating this code; it should be between seven and twelve alphanumerics long (“A-Z”, “0-9”), without spaces, punctuation, or special characters (e.g., 8364876 or 7103582A360). Be sure to provide this code to Perma-Bound when they ask for your eHub Terminal Password. This code is essentially a password which you set that allows Perma-eHub to communicate with Alexandria in order to authenticate patrons who want access to Perma-eHub materials.

  • Enable Checksum Error Handling. The SIP2 protocol allows extra error detection to be enabled, over and above any error detection provided by the communication medium's protocol. When error detection is enabled, a checksum field is appended to every Perma-eHub message. This setting is not required, but highly recommended; this should only be disabled under the direction of COMPanion's Customer Support Department.

Contact tab

Under the Contact tab, you may fill out contact information for your Perma-eHub representative.

Configure Perma-eHub for Alexandria

When enabled and properly configured, Alexandria provides the “patron authentication” and “verification” services for Perma-eHub. In other words, before allowing patrons to access and borrow Perma-eHub resources, patron status and credentials are validated with Alexandria. If your patron is authorized and in good standing, they will be permitted to use Perma-eHub resources; if not, access will be denied until the issue is resolved with a librarian.

For Alexandria and Perma-eHub to communicate, the following information must be provided and/or submitted to Perma-eHub:

  1. Provide your Alexandria Data Station server IP Address (or domain name), SIP2 Port ID, and Serial Number to Perma-Bound so they may associate it with your account. Your Data Station must be publicly accessible outside of your site or district firewall.
  2. Create an eHub Code and enter it into the Perma-eHub Code field of Alexandria's Perma-eHub preferences. Afterward, input this code in Perma-Bound's Authentication Providers setup form; this code must be assigned in your Perma-eHub account in order to communicate with Alexandria.
  3. When filling out Perma-Bound's Authentication Form: 
    1. SIP2 Server and Port. This is the IP address of your Data Station and it must be a static, public IP address. The SIP2 Port ID is usually 6001, but you can double-check by going to your Web settings.
    2. Data Station Serial Number. This is your Alexandria Serial Number.
    3. eHub Code. This is the Perma-eHub Code that you created and furnished in your Perma-eHub preferences.

Once you've completed the Authentication setup in your Perma-eHub account settings and your Alexandria Perma-eHub preferences have been properly configured, you are ready to start using this feature.